Bakersfield, California is known for three things: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and oil. All three were always pretty good at sad songs. But oil's boom over the last year has helped rejuvenate Bakersfield's fortunes.
It is one of the few places in America where the economy is growing, according to Moody's Economy.com. And even as oil prices come back down, they remain at levels elevated enough to unleash billions of dollars in new drilling in Bakersfield's Kern County, the largest oil-producing county in the lower 48.
This is helping offset an awful foreclosure problem in the area. The video clip has some interviews I did with a couple of local oilmen, Chad Hathaway, who runs his own operation, and Steve Black, the VP of Operations for Bonanza Creek Energy. These guys are not spending money based on $100 oil. As Chad Hathaway told me, "I base it on $30 oil."